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Lisbon eyes share of casino loot

August 22, 2012

LISBON - Do Columbiana County commissioners want to share any casino revenue?

The question was raised during this week's Village Council meeting, with Fiscal Officer Tracey Wonner reporting some communities in other counties have adopted resolutions asking the commissioners to spread the casino money around instead of keeping it all for themselves.

Lisbon officials were referring to recent news that commissioners were notified their first share of tax receipts from Ohio's first two casinos would be nearly $94,000. This represented a little over one month of taxes generated by casinos in Cleveland and Toledo, with two more casinos to open in other cities.

The state, commissioners and school districts share in the casino tax revenue, although schools are not scheduled to begin receiving checks until 2013.

Commissioners indicated they intend to use the casino money to replace the $600,000 in state Local Government Fund money the county lost over the past two years. Commissioners are expected to lose another $340,000 in LGF money in 2013.

Wonner pointed out Lisbon is scheduled to lose $9,000 in LGF funding next year. "In the realm of things that doesn't sound like a big deal," but $9,000 to a small village such as Lisbon is significant, she said.

Wonner said it would be nice if commissioners decided to spread some of the casino money around, and some communities around Ohio have adopted resolutions to that effect. For example, Xenia City Council asked Greene County commissioners to distribute casino revenue using the same distribution formula used for LGF money.



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